Issue date: 15th March 2013
Seven boaters were fined at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on 5th March, for keeping or using a vessel on rivers in Cambridgeshire, without being registered with the Environment Agency. The owner of a boat found navigating the River Thames without a valid registration last summer was also convicted on 6th March of illegally using his vessel by Reading Magistrates Court.
Fines ranged between £100 and £200 after the court heard that navigation fees ranging between £308 and £865 had been avoided by the boats not being registered. All defendants were also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
The Inland Waterways Order 2010, which was introduced in April 2011, requires all vessels 'kept' on the River Thames, not just 'used', to be registered with the Environment Agency and display a valid annual boat registration plate (similar to a vehicle tax disc). Boaters on EA-managed waters are being reminded to renew their registrations before 1 April 2013.